Contrary to what many may think, hemp is not marijuana. The list of functions which industrial hemp can serve goes on and on, but what intrigues me most about this super crop is its unique flavor and versatility as an ingredient.
Recently I've been working on some recipe development and testing for Hemp.com. I was amazed to learn how many different culinary forms hemp takes on. Hemp seeds, hemp flour, hempseed oil, and hemp protein powder are among the many hemp products currently on the market.
Its delicious nutty flavor makes hemp an awesome ingredient to work with. But beyond flavor, hemp's nutritional value is something truly noteworthy. An incredible source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, this super food is great for pregnant or nursing women, let alone anyone.
The other day, I cooked up a storm of hemp-based recipes for a photo/video shoot. They will all eventually be up on Hemp.com, but here's a little taste:
Penne with Spinach & Hempseed Pesto
yield: 5-6 servings